South Dakota Nursing Schools

Explore Nursing in South Dakota

South Dakota offers an expansive horizon of nursing opportunities. The demand for nurses is increasing in South Dakota, particularly in rural areas that are often medically underserved. The employment rate for South Dakotan registered nurses and licensed practical nurses is above the national average. In fact, South Dakota is among the top five states with the largest concentration of registered nurses. There is a very high demand for nurses who possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree and there a plethora of job opportunities for advanced practice nurses. For example, nurse anesthetists are three times more likely to get hired in South Dakota than anywhere in the nation. The top employers in South Dakota include the Rapid City Regional Hospital, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, and Avera McKennan Hosiptal, to name just a few.


About South Dakota

South Dakota was appropriately nicknamed “The Mount Rushmore State” as it is home to the monument honoring George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln that is carved into a granite rock face standing over 5,725 feet above sea level. The Sioux American Indian tribe once roamed what is now present-day North and South Dakota, utilizing the states’ geographic highlights and fertile soil to grow crops. The small, pine tree laden mountain range known as The Black Hills was considered sacred to the Sioux. Other landmarks across the state include The Badlands, Wind Cave, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, and Deadwood. The capital of South Dakota is Pierre, and the largest city is Sioux Falls.

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Nursing programs offered in South Dakota

  • Augustana College +
    • Programs Offered

      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing



  • Mount Marty College +
    • Programs Offered

      • B.S. in Nursing
      • Practical Nursing Program
      • Master of Science in Nursing - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
      • Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
      • Master of Science in Nursing - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
      • Master of Science in Nursing - Advanced Public Health Nurse Leader



  • South Dakota State University +
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN Standard Option
      • BSN Accelerated Option
      • RN to BSN
      • RN to MSN
      • RN to DNP
      • MSN - CNL
      • MSN - Nurse Educator
      • DNP - FNP
      • DNP
      • PhD in Nursing



  • University of Sioux Falls +
    • Programs Offered

      • Accelerated Program
      • 8-Semester Program
      • Online RN-to-BSN Program



  • University of South Dakota +
    • Programs Offered

      • Four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing
      • RN to BSN
      • Associate of Science in Nursing
      • LPN to Associate Degree